Phalatse said in her opening speech Eskom has over the past few days “subjected” the country to stage 2 load-shedding daily between 5pm and 10pm.
She said in 2020 the amount of electricity produced by the flailing entity fell below the level produced in 2004.
“I do not have to remind you of the tariff increases that have been imposed on the end-user, and it is well-established that Eskom’s price path is not sustainable for the end-user.
“This has a devastating impact on our plans as a city because without cost-effective and reliable power, our city economy is unable to realise its true potential.”
The mayor said for the city to meet the necessary requirements in the shortest possible time, a collaboration was needed.
“Hence private-public partnerships are seen as the most feasible way forward. This is in keeping with our fourth priority for a business-friendly city.
“The power sector generally, including embedded generation, energy storage and smart grids, could leverage huge investment in our city and enable us to create the jobs we desperately need.”
She said the following energy options were under consideration: